Thought would share on ths one.
Have played tube amps since forever ago (been playing 30+ yrs. Many Bands and Gigs) until recently when I acquired the Mustang III.
Honestly, can't say enough good things about it. It's more versatile, powerful/loud enough for Gigging and Rehearsal use, intuitive, just as tone worthy and a heck of a lot lighter than dealing with all tube puppys. Do tubes give better overall tone? In some instances yes (and that's a marginal "yes") however, do not miss having to open up the amp to get to the "Sweet Spot" in Tone. The "Sweet Spot" is present at any volume level with the Mustang III. That's awesome as well as practical.
Have used Ampeg, Marshall, Fender and Music Man amps. All fantastic amplifiers but, all too friggin' loud for most live performance applications. Period. Don't miss being too God Blessed LOUD all the time. And don't miss lugging around a hernia on casters either
Will I go back to a tube amp for Gigging? Perhaps for a National Tour or something if that should present itself (would have to use several different amp heads and cabinet combinations) but, then again, I feel I could get all of what I would need out of a Mustang V head and cab. The Mustang ampliers respond just like real tube amps do. Once you spend enough time learning how to ride these amplifiers, you can get them to do all the things a good tube piggy can do... and then some.
For small club/bar Gigs, nope. The MIII satisfies all of my needs. Am finding that it also takes pedals well. Between the effects already loaded in it and some dirt pedals in the front I'm able to add some additional "Color" options to the signal. Very nice to have the type of freedom that these amps provide. And at a very Musician friendly price point.
I have to agree. I am a newbie to this, so no gig experience, but- the more I play through this amp, the more really good sounds I find.
There are a lot of options, and each of those is fully tweakable. This means that there is a fairly steep learning curve- just figuring out what all it can do! I've been delighted at how detailed the models are, and how well it responds to different styles of playing and different pickups. The not so great owner's manual doesn't really help... Many of the effects on here I have no idea what they are, what they're supposed to do, or how they would be used. ( ex. Ducking delay; stereo echo filter, fuzzwah, etc.)
I think the key for me, once I got through the " I gotta try out everything" phase, was to take one model and play with it extensively until I had a reasonable idea of what all it could do. THEN the Eureka!!! moments started. It actually became difficult to find a crap sound. Figuring out how to use my pedals, and where to place them, helped immeasurably as well. For example, it wasn't until I stopped listening to conventional wisdom, and placed my flanger in FRONT of the amp, not in the loop with the modulation fx, that it started doing what it was supposed to do.
To bring this ramble back on track, I also have a 15 watt SC X2 for tubey stuff. The comments about home volume are spot on. Even this lil guy is mostly too loud to play at home unless the neighbors are all out. Sure, it'll do quiet- and with the voicings on ch2 it'll even do crunchy at low volume. BUT- to get the best out of it, you need to push it.
My 100 watt MIII will get all sorts of great tones at bedroom volume. AND it will get deafeningly loud if I want it to.